Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014: A Year in Review

Can you believe 2014 is aaaaalmost over?  Goodness, it seemed to go by so quickly.  I have to say, this was one heck of a year for Nolan: he achieved so much and made so many great strides.  As a way of wrapping up Nolan’s year, I decided to make a little video capturing some of the highlights and fun moments:

A big thanks goes out to everyone who has read this blog, supported Nolan, kept us in your prayers & good thoughts…you played a big part in making 2014 an amazing year!  I think 2015 is going to bring even more exciting things!  On behalf of our family, have a very happy New Year!

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Happy Heart Day, Nolan!

On this day two years ago, Nolan went in for his first major surgery – the Norwood Procedure.  I remember the absolute terror I was in the day before and every hour the day of as we received updates in the surgical waiting room.  I remember seeing my little boy hooked up to all those machines and the nurses moving constantly to check him and give him meds.  It was surreal.  Looking back on it, it’s still pretty surreal.  His recovery was long and hard, with lots of ups and downs…and he fought like a champ.

He continues to fight like a champ, as you well know.  I mean look at him now:

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There’s a whole lotta fight in that boy…he’s my hero!

I’m so glad to be able to share Nolan’s story on this blog…I’m a big believer that sharing our stories not only helps others but helps us continually heal.   I encourage you, Heart Parents, to share your story however you can.  Some of you will blog, some of you are on Facebook, some of you are part of awareness groups.  Some of you are uncomfortable sharing, and that’s ok…maybe get a notebook and just write it down.  You don’t have to share it with someone but yourself, and it will feel better to get it down on paper.

What a journey this has been and will continue to be…I can’t wait to continue on this adventure with you, big guy.  Happy heart day!!!

Cause for Celebration: The Twins Turn Two!

Today is a big, big, big day: Nolan & Grant are two years old!  Man, I can’t believe how fast time flies.  Not a day goes by where I look at them and I just can’t believe that we have twins; lately I’ve been saying I just can’t believe they’re going to be two years old.  It’s been some two years: a 3am rush to the hospital for a c-section, both boys in the NICU, surgeries for Nolan, running back and forth to the hospital, Grant starting preschool, Nolan starting preschool…it’s been quite a run so far for those two little knuckleheads of mine!

I’ve enjoyed every minute with these two guys: I love to see them walk, to hear them babble, and even to scold one another when they do something “not nice” (which is hilarious).  Grant is really into art and Nolan seems to be really into animals.  Grant is like a wrecking ball while Nolan is the sneakier of the two.  They’ve definitely changed our life and I wouldn’t trade them for anything!

This weekend that passed, we had a cookie exchange birthday party at our house for the twins and it was a blast.  Lots of kids, lots of noise, lots of sweets, and lots of friends.  It was a really great time and for me was a good way to celebrate the twins with all the people who invested in them since they came into this world.  Thanks to everyone for all you’ve done for us and the twins!

These two years have been amazing, boys…have a happy happy happy birthday and I can’t wait to enjoy so many more years with you both!

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